This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. It is based in Alba in the heart of the Piemonte region, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding hills provide a handful of ideal exposures for grape growing with unique micro-climates. The confluence of cold Alpine air with warm maritime moisture regularly creates a misty glow, or ‘nebbia’, over these foothills, hence Nebbiolo, the great red variety of the region. Ornato is a single vineyard Barolo from very ripe grapes of three differents plots of read more...the famous Pio’s Family-owned Ornato Estate in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the top vineyards in the whole Barolo area. The characteristics of the soil, the microclimate and favourable exposure, allows the grapes to become extremely rich. The colour is intense and deep, almost impenetrable. The palate is deep and rich, showing good structure, with a long finish. “Ornato” is a more modern in style than Pio's traditional Barolo, but still true to its roots. 92 points from Robert Parker. (hide)
International Wine Cellar($102; this and the Barbaresco Il Bricco are now aged in about 90% new barriques Good full red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, truffle, dried flowers and smoky tobacco. Huge and voluptuous, but with superb inner-palate energy to the flavors of strawberry, minerals and porcini. This really stains the palate on the back end, finishing with very broad, fine-grained tannins. This outstanding example of 2003 will get tarry and truffley with bottle aging and really calls for a minimum of five or six...